Google Refuses to Share Minority Hiring Data

April 19, 2011  |  

By Charlotte Young

Google allows you to look up government corruption, company scandals and media propaganda, but it you’re searching to find data on Google’s hiring procedures, you’re bound to come up short.

While other companies in Silicon Valley such as Intel, Cisco and eBay have released their hiring data–including the number of minority workers–Google refuses to share this information, claiming that the information is a trade secret, reports the Peninsula Press.

Although Google runs several diversity initiatives, minority leaders such as Len Canty, chairman of the Black Economic Council, and Jorge Correlejo, Chairman of the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles, believe that blacks, Latinos, women and other minority groups continue to be underrepresented. However, this claim of underrepresentation has not been verified.

Still, Google’s stubbornness is not giving the company a good look. Correlego says the fight to have minority employee data released began last year when the U.S. Department of Labor asked 34 Silicon Valley companies, including Google and Apple, to supply data on their hiring practices. Out of the 34 who were asked to supply information, only 12 companies did so. The others claimed that they are not required to reveal their data because the numbers are a trade secret.

Though the number of minorities working at Cisco and Intel did not impress Canty and Correlego, they acknowledged that at the very least, the companies were transparent.

According to the Peninsula Press, Google is hiring about 6,000 employees this year. The protesting minority leaders simply want to ensure that their respective communities have a fair shot for employment.


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